Who we are

Founded in 1962, the CIHEAM is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization devoted to the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries, food and nutrition security and rural and coastal areas.

It is composed of  13 member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and the Headquarters based in Paris.

The CIHEAM collaborates with several international and regional organizations.

Texts of Constitution of the CIHEAM

Masum Burak is the President of the CIHEAM Governing Board and Plàcido Plaza the Secretary-General Ad. Interim


We believe in a UNITED MEDITERRANEAN where the sustainable development of agriculture, food security and territorial cohesion are the seeds of social stability and inclusive growth.

We promote MULTILATERAL COOPERATION through specialised training, networked research, scientific diplomacy and political partnerships.

We contribute to REGIONAL STABILITY, food and nutrition security, health of populations, the protection of the environment and increased access to the job market of youth.

We strongly believe in INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE and DIVERSITY. Several nationalities and religions coexist within the CIHEAM.

We believe in KNOWLEDGE SHARING and the enhancement of links between knowledge and development needs.

We promote POLITICAL DIALOGUE through the organization of meetings of the Agricultural Ministries of our member States.

We develop our actions within an ACCOUNTABILITY framework and implement them through a result-based management approach.

For further information: CIHEAM Strategic Agenda CAPMED 2025

Our structure 

The Governing Board

Consisting of one representative from each of the 13 member States, the Governing Board is the managing and decision-making body.
Representatives of the OECD and the Council of Europe sit ex officio on the Board in an advisory capacity.
The President is elected by a 2/3 majority for a period of 4 years. He is assisted by Vice-Presidents elected for the same period through the same voting procedure


Masum BURAK (President)




Vice President

Teodoro MIANO


Vice President




Vice President

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Soliman Mohamed 


Vice President

Mohammed SADIKI









Valérie BADUEL



Charalambos KASIMIS







Justin ZAHRA






Mahmoud Elies HAMZA





The Headquarters

Based in Paris, the Headquarters coordinate, facilitate and implement the actions conducted by the different bodies of the CIHEAM.

The Mediterranean Agronomic Institutes

The 4 Institutes CIHEAM-Bari, CIHEAM-Chania, CIHEAM-Montpellier, and CIHEAM-Zaragoza conduct most of the CIHEAM's educational, research and cooperation activities.

Advisory Board

It consists of a number of eminent figures appointed for a period of 4 years by the Governing Board. They are "chosen, in particular, from among members of establishments for higher education in agriculture and of agricultural research institutes" (article 5.1 of the 1962 Agreement). It gives its advice on issues submitted by the Governing Board.

Nahla Hwalla is a Human Nutrition professor since 1995. She was also Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) between 2006-2017. Her research focuses on obesity, its prevalence, determinants and dietary manipulation to curb its effects. She is involved in the national and regional strategic planning for sustainable and healthy food consumption and in building capacity for food security nationally and regionally.

Malika Hamana Korichi is a State Engineer in Agronomy. Since 2007, she is a Research Deputy Director at the Training, Research and Outreach at the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. She worked at the l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d’Algérie (INRAA),[1] first as a researcher in biotechnology, physiology and wheat improvement at the laboratory of Plant Physiology and Plant Improvement, Biotechnology. She was then interested in issues related to gender, the enhancement of local knowledge in local development before becoming Deputy Director of the Institute.

Mongi Sghaier is an Agronomist engineer and Doctor in Agronomic Sciences (Economy of natural resources and the environment). Higher education professor of agriculture and Agro-economist, he is currently the Director of the valorization of research achievements at the Institut des régions arides de Médenine in Tunisia.

Maher Abdel-Hamid holds his MSc (1979) and PhD (1984) in soil chemistry and mineralogy, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo university. He also holds a Diploma (1988) and M.Sc (1990) in soil survey using RS and GIS, from (ITC)[2], The Netherlands. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Soil Science Department of the Faculty of Agriculture of the Cairo University. He was successively Vice-Dean for graduate studies and research, Head of the Soil Science Department, Director of the Geographic Information System Lab and Head of student results control. He is an Evaluator of the Scientific Promotion Committee for the staff of the Desert Research Centre and the Soil, Water and Environmental Research Institute. He has extended research experience in the fields of soil chemistry, environmental pollution (soil – water – plant), and the use of remote sensing and geographic information system in soil survey, soil evaluation and monitoring, delineating and solving soil problems. He is a member of the Egyptian Soil Science Society.

Suat Şensoy is a Horticulture, Vegetable Production and Breeding Professor at the Van Yuzuncu Yil University where he is Head of the Horticulture Department.  He is also the Director of the Institute (Graduate School) of Natural and Applied Sciences. His areas of expertise include vegetable production (irrigation, fertilizers, seedling development), vegetable genetics, vegetable breeding (to a/biotic stress conditions) and molecular approaches in cultivar development.

Apostolos Papadopoulos is a Professor of Rural Sociology and Geography at the Department of Geography at Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. He was Director of the Post-Graduate Programme entitled: «Applied Geography and Spatial Planning» at the Department of Geography (2009-2011) and Vice-Rector of Economic Affairs and Development (2011-2015), while currently, he is Dean of the School of Environment, Geography and Applied Economics (2017-2020) in the same University. He has worked as senior researcher and/ or principal investigator in numerous research projects funded by Greek National Agencies, the European Commission and the McArthur Foundation (USA). He was Chair of the Hellenic Sociological Society (HSS) and Chair of the LOC for the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association organized in Athens in 2017. Currently, he is Vice-President of the European Sociological Association (2017-2019). He has extended research experience on issues of rural development, rural sociology and geography, socio-spatial transformations in rural areas, social class and stratification, international migration, migrant associations and civil society, social and geographical mobility with a special emphasis on migrants. His current interest is on how rural areas can be revitalized and on the improvement of the well-being of rural inhabitants.

Tomas Garcia Azcarate is an Agricultural Engineer and holds a PH.D in Agricultural Economics. He is currently Senior Scientist in the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Associate Researcher in the CEIGRAM[3]. He was a civil servant in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture (Coordinator of the European Milk Market Observatory, Economic Adviser, Head of the Olive oil and Horticultural products Unit…).

[1] National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria (INRAA)

[2] International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC)

[3] Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios y Medioambientales






It all began in 1962...

Over the last five decades, our Organisation has been striving to foster stronger mutilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean. 
Since 1962, we strive to bring people and ideas together.